St. Patrick's Festival 2011 Has Already Started
This year's jam-packed five day long St. Patrick's festival began today with a Céilí on St. Stephen’s Green but the really big event, the Patrick's day parade in Dublin, begins at 12 noon tomorrow the 17th. Photographs of the parade will be published here shortly after the parade has ended.
St. Patrick’s Festival Céilí (Irish Dancing Lesson Included)
The event started at 5.00pm and it offered an interesting and fun filled family friendly way to spend an afternoon dancing your heart away. Expert callers lead the crowd (the majority appeared to be non-Irish) through dances such as the Siege of Ennis, the Walls of Limerick.
Irish Dancing star Dearbhla Lennon of Riverdance fame was joined by dancers and musicians from Siamsa Tíre, Irelands National Folk Theatre and Arts Centre, Céilí caller Jerry O’Reilly, dancers from the internationally acclaimed Brookes Academy, and award-winning fiddle and concertina player Niamh Ní Charra and friends.
French Navy In Dublin For St. Patrick's Festival
Two vessels from the French Navy based in the Breton naval port of Brest are currently in Dublin for the St. Patrick's Day festivities.
The minehunter CMT Cassiopée (M642) and mine-route survey craft Altaïr (M771) arrived on the 15th.
The French vessels are to moored alongside Sir John Rogersons Quay but they will not be open to the public.
The French Naval visit to Ireland was to coincide with a visiting task force group from the German Navy. Two frigates and a support ship were due to visit Dublin this week but the visit was cancelled due to humanitarian relief operations.
The visiting ships are: The minehunter CMT Cassiopée (M642) and mine-route survey craft Altaïr (M771)